ASOB16205U Sociology of Global Inequality

Volume 2023/2024

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Full-degree students enrolled at the Faculty of Social Science, UCPH 

  • Master Programme in Social Data Science
  • Bachelor Programmes in Sociology
  • Bachelor Programmes in Psychology
  • Bachelor and Master Programmes in Anthropology 
  • Master programme in Global Development
  • Bachelor in Economics


The course is open to:

  • Exchange and Guest students from abroad
  • Credit students from Danish Universities

Course content (and objective): The course focuses on presenting theories and empirical data regarding global social inequality. Are fewer and fewer people owning more and more of the global wealth? Has global inequality grown in the last 20 years or has it diminished? Does globalization create more or less global inequality? These are some of the questions that are raised on the course and which we analyze on the basis of different theories about what creates differences in 'wealth' between individuals and between different regions in the world (eg North / South, Asia / Africa / Europe) and what creates differences within the regions. Central topics are inequality in relation to gender, ethnicity, elites, power, health, social mobility, economy, and the like.  Different sociological and social science theories of inequality are used

Learning Outcome

On successful completion of the course, the student is able to:


  • Account for wide range of Sociological theories of inequality.
  • Describe empirical characteristics regarding inequality patterns in a global perspective.



  • To combine theoretical issues with empirical observations within the field of global inequality.



  • Apply theories of inequality to an empirical field.
  • Evaluate advantages and disadvantages between applying different theories to different empirical material.

The teaching material will be present at Absalon.

The course can also be followed by BA-students from other social science areas and by students with an overall knowledge and interest in global inequality.
Lectures and different types of exercises. Each class will contain lectures and discussions of the curriculum among the students (group work).
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 42
  • Total
  • 42
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
No censur
Criteria for exam assesment

Please see the learning outcome